Hard as it may be to believe, there was a time when Wall Streeters dictated what it meant to dress with success. As the recession turns social norms on its head, the power suits of yesteryear seem not only dated, but almost vulgar in the face of widespread economic panic. Luckily, the fluctuating Dow Jones does not signal an end to style as we know it, but rather a tweak to office attire. The Style section of the New York Times offers a portfolio of looks for the current working man, with a shift from the standard gray or navy jacket and tie to a more versatile wardrobe for the “creative professional.” Without sacrificing professionalism, the editorial suggests replacing the time-tested two-piece with Phinaes Cole cardigans or Idol Radec vests, or daring Dolce & Gabanna pinstripe blazers paired with Rag & Bone chinos. Sartorial risk takers may also want to dabble in the electric Antonio Azzuolo cotton sport coat or Alexander Olch linen bow tie. Whatever your taste, the new rules for dressing for the workplace are considerably more lax than ever before. Consider your horizons broadened. Read the rest at NYT.
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